It’s been nine years since Newsweek famously proclaimed 2009 as the year of the cougar.
The now well-known term is a slang coined to define 40-plus women with a predilection for younger gentlemen.
Under the tutelage of a more mature acquaintance, a young man can learn a lot about life and its meaning, both mentally and physically.
Above all, the time old adage ‘age is just a number’ couldn’t be more appropriate for older women dating younger men to bear in mind.
So, if women from all walks of life are ignoring the stigma and are happy romancing younger men, it begs the question; what’s the appeal?
You don’t need to be too imaginative to picture what the benefits of an older woman/younger man relationship might be.
But ever since the 1967 film The Graduate solidified it as the ultimate fantasy for young men and countless parodies have followed in its wake.
Although the US-based magazine reasoned that the cougar-craze was a fad destined for cultural oblivion, the article offered up an intriguing explanation for the newfound popularity of older woman/younger man relationships.
Since then, there have been many think pieces dedicating to the phenomenon that is older women dating younger men.
“Prejudices have a tendency to stick, even if society is changing,” she says, “calling an older woman a cougar isn’t meaningless, it’s a way of defining her as a predator who’s only interested in hunting down younger prey.” Despite some of this negativity, the reality of older women dating younger men is actually long-term stability according to recent studies.
When ‘cougardom’ was becoming known in mainstream media, social scientists set out to explore the relationship between older women dating younger men.